[I] love you

July 10, 2007

These are highly charged words that mean a wide variety of things to a wide variety of people. I won’t even think about defining this sentence, but I’d rather focus on HOW we say it, or sing it. I can only speak for myself and a handful of other people who have said “I love you” to me.

“Love you” is short for “I love you.” My family started saying this to each other. I couldn’t tell whether it was a Southern thing (Kentucky roots) or it was just EASIER to say “love you” than to say “I love you” which is more difficult to say; not speak, say. Or perhaps I am to just assume the it is “I” or whoever is saying “I love you” to me. Then I started hearing other people say it.

Try it yourself: say it.

LOVE YOU

Now say

I LOVE YOU

Where does the accent go? Do you find that when you say this to whomever you say it to, that there is always an “i love you” melody that goes along with it? Say it three times in a row as you normally say it, and I bet you’ll find that there IS a melody there. I found that I have one. And I can’t change it. Try to change how you say it and it will just sound wrong. Put an accent in a different place and it just doesn’t work. Each of us has our own way of say/singing “I love you.” Like thumb prints and snowflakes.

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